Verizon Wireless and Blueforce Development Corporation announced they will team up to deliver advanced wireless solutions for public safety, emergency medical, national security and critical infrastructure protection in the government and commercial market segments through Verizon Wireless’ Business Solutions Alliance program. Verizon Wireless and Blueforce’s combined expertise focuses on delivering information mobility and advanced situational awareness solutions for human-to-human and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) interactions using Verizon Wireless’ world-class network and services.
Blueforce Tactical (BTAC), Blueforce’s mobile wireless solution, has been utilized in many quick-reaction scenarios including force/hostage rescue; medical instances on the battlefield; unattended chemical/biological (CBRNE) sensor normalization; critical infrastructure protection; border protection and disaster response. Sensor normalization and sensor sharing between users and machine systems has included chemical, explosive, motion, seismic, accelerometer/gyroscope, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and a variety of thermal and day camera systems. Life safety sensors have included heart rate, respiration, body temperature and pulse oximetry.
By using Verizon Wireless Windows-based smartphones, Windows tablets and Windows netbooks, Blueforce provides a software application and fusion platform for secure information sharing and enhanced presence among national security teams. Three critical areas for this initiative include:
- “Last Tactical Mile” Information Mobility: Combined mobile technology solutions for the rapid formation of teams allowing situational awareness and information sharing for last tactical mile operations. Primary elements are counter-terrorism; weapons of mass destruction (WMD) detection and mitigation; combat operations; emergency medical services; logistics; surveillance/collection; homeland defense; law enforcement and quick reaction force.
- Critical Infrastructure Protection: Comprehensive wireless technology solutions for the prevention, detection and mitigation of critical infrastructure disruptions due to man-made or natural events.
- Contingency Operations: Wireless capabilities for the rapid establishment of emergency operations, communications and supply chain/logistics coordination where needed after a highly disruptive man-made or natural event.
With Blueforce and Verizon Wireless, the end user has an integrated Machine-to-Machine solution with location-based services (both outside and inside of structures) and person-attached or unattended sensor data that simultaneously permits secure information exchange between wireless devices and networks.